- a habitual or characteristic manner, mode, or way of doing something; distinctive quality or style, as in behavior or speech: He has an annoying mannerism of tapping his fingers while he talks. They copied his literary mannerisms but always lacked his ebullience.
- marked or excessive adherence to an unusual or a particular manner, especially if affected: Natural courtesy is a world apart from snobbish mannerism.
- (usually initial capital letter) a style in the fine arts developed principally in Europe during the 16th century, chiefly characterized by a complex perspectival system, elongation of forms, strained gestures or poses of figures, and intense, often strident color.
Origin of mannerism
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Examples from the Web for mannerisms
“I was playing him full out, complete with the accent and mannerisms,” Williams says.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
The implication here is that they adopt the dress and mannerisms of men because they have failed as women.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’
April 30, 2014
Wardrobe, mannerisms, and intonation are fair game, and Chu certainly has his detractors there.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
Even so, he was constantly teased and harassed for his appearance and mannerisms, even ostracized.Pakistan’s Gay Community Quietly Breaking Barriers
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
October 30, 2013
The writers try to explain his mannerisms by revealing that Tonto has an intense guilt complex.‘Lone Ranger’ Remake and Johnny Depp’s Casting, Never a Good Idea
July 5, 2013
Make a list of "mannerisms" you have observed, and suggest how they may be cured.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
They repeated his tones, his attitudes, his mannerisms, in their several ways.The Story of a Play
W. D. Howells
They carefully studied the speech and the mannerisms and customs of the Satorians.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Tone and mannerisms were in perfect imitation of Mrs. Mosher.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
She discussed his books and his mannerisms, even the growth of his popularity.The Celebrity, Complete
- a distinctive and individual gesture or trait; idiosyncrasy
- (often capital) a principally Italian movement in art and architecture between the High Renaissance and Baroque periods (1520–1600) that sought to represent an ideal of beauty rather than natural images of it, using characteristic distortion and exaggeration of human proportions, perspective, etc
- adherence to a distinctive or affected manner, esp in art or literature
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Word Origin and History for mannerisms
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A distinctive behavioral trait; an idiosyncrasy.
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